The Port of San Diego is pleased to announce a new, free mobile app designed to help travelers plan and coordinate cruises to and from San Diego.

The "CruiseSchedule Port of San Diego" is a free download from the App Store designed for iPhones and iPads. The app’s release coincides with the start of the Port’s 2013-2014 cruise season.

The app provides updated information on this year’s cruise season schedule with full voyage itineraries. It also includes details about:

•              Scheduled cruise calls
•              Cruise line information
•              Cruise ship information
•              Cruise itineraries
•              Long term parking options

The must-have resource for travelers was developed through a partnership between the Port of San Diego and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).

"The Port of San Diego is one of several ports across the country launching the innovative CruiseSchedule app this year to better serve the public with information about cruises,” said Chair of the Board of Port Commissioners Ann Moore. “We are pleased to link with a national strategy that promotes the cruise industry and attracts visitors to our Port.”

The app was developed earlier this year by Neil Kutchera, an employee of the Port of Everglades. Other versions were then made for other Ports. He said approximately 1,000 copies of CruiseSchedule are downloaded each month.

“The feedback I have received has been overwhelmingly positive. The favorite features have been the interactive itinerary maps and deck plans,” Kutchera said. “If someone has booked a cruise they always want to open the deck plans to zoom in and see their cabin.”

The Port of San Diego kicked off its cruise season on Thursday, September 19, 2013, with the arrival of the year's first ship, the Holland America Zaandam. The Port's cruise season runs from September through May. Currently 70 vessels are scheduled to arrive, but that number may change as the season progresses.

Although the number of cruise calls has declined over the past few years, the Port of San Diego is confident that business will rebound.